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Mahama has not been smart in ending ‘dumsor’ - NPP

The New Patriotic Party has hit hard at President Mahama for describing businesses laying off workers as not smart, and having no faith in the ability of government to end the power crisis.

According to a statement released by the NPP, President Mahama, by his comments, has displayed a "deep lack of understanding and appreciation of the terrible difficulties Ghanaian businesses face from the twin evils of dumsor, and rapid cedi depreciation and unstable macro- economy" the businesses have to contend with to keep afloat.

"It is cruel, insensitive treatment of Ghanaian companies for their own President to run them down and deride them by intimating that these companies and businesses are not “smart” and do not believe in the government’s ability to end ‘dumsor," the statement said.

President John Dramani Mahama in his May Day address to workers said the economy was doing well despite the power crisis facing the country; saying, “We are working to strategically and permanently fix the generation shortfalls that we are currently experiencing.”

He further described companies laying off workers as not being smart, since his government was working on solving the ‘temporary’ power supply challenges and will soon bring an end to the energy crisis.

But the opposition says the president did not show empathy with the workers losing their jobs and the companies who are struggling to break even with his comments.

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“Under these difficult conditions, it is a near miracle that businesses in Ghana have survived at all. The plight of Ghanaians engaged in small-scale artisanal businesses such as hairdressers, tailors, seamstresses, vulcanizers, auto sprayers, barbers, corn mill operators, cold store operators, is terrible.”

Companies including Coca cola Ltd, Newmont Ltd, Tullow Ltd, Blue Skies ltd, etc, have had to lay off or are planning to lay off thousands of Ghanaian casual and permanent workers, all in an effort to survive in this climate of dumsor.

Below is the full Statement

HAS PRESIDENT MAHAMA BEEN SMART IN ENDING ‘DUMSOR’?


President Mahama last Friday, May 1st, 2015, said that “smart” businesses were not laying off workers, but were rather investing to improve production capacity.

He further stated that those companies were investing because they had faith in the ability of the government to end the power crisis and improve the country’s electricity generation capacity. The President was simply saying that, Ghanaian businesses which were downsizing and laying off workers in these trying times of ‘dumsor’ were simply not being smart, and had no faith in the government!

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The NPP regrets that these sentiments of the President betray a deep lack of sensitivity and sympathy for Ghanaian businesses and companies in these trying times.

It also betrays a deep misunderstanding and lack of appreciation on the President’s part for the terrible difficulties Ghanaians businesses face from the twin evils of dumsor, and rapid cedi depreciation and unstable macro- economy.

Dumsor has been in effect a full three years (since June 2012) during which period the cedi has seen the worst depreciation (since 2001), becoming by mid-2014, the worst depreciated currency in Africa and the world, according to international commentators.

Under these difficult conditions, it is a near miracle that businesses in Ghana have survived at all. The plight of Ghanaians engaged in small-scale artisanal businesses such as hairdressers, tailors, seamstresses, vulcanizers, auto sprayers, barbers, corn mill operators, cold store operators, is terrible.

Even bigger companies and businesses, many of them multinationals, have come under enormous stress.

These reputable companies and businesses, including Coca cola Ltd, Newmont Ltd, Tullow Ltd, Blue Skies Ltd, etc, have had to lay off or planning to lay off thousands of Ghanaian casual and permanent workers, all in an effort to survive in this climate of dumsor.

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The least these companies expect is for the President to live up to his own several assurances on ending dumsor and stabilizing the cedi.

It is cruel , insensitive treatment of Ghanaian companies for their own President to run them down and deride them by intimating that these companies and businesses are not “smart” and do not believe in the government’s ability to end ‘dumsor’.

The President, right from 2012 up to May Day 2015, has described ‘dumsor’ as a “temporary” situation. A “temporary” situation that has persisted continuously for three (3) years.

The NPP urges President Mahama to be alive to his responsibilities and repeated assurances to end dumsor, stabilize the cedi, reduce interest rates and stabilize the macro-economic environment. He should refrain from pointing fingers at hard pressed Ghanaian businesses and companies at this very trying period.

We urge the President to ask himself if he has been smart in resolving ‘dumsor’, resolving the cedi’s rapid depreciation over the last 3years, resolving high-interest rate and resolving the unstable macro-economic environment.

…signed…

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Nana Akomea

(Director of Communications)

Source: Kojo Smith | GhanaWeb
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